In 2006, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation awarded the Museum of Discovery a grant to establish the Arkansas Discovery Network. Five years later, a second grant was provided to fund the continuation and enhancement of this vital program. A statewide initiative, the Network represents a partnership of Arkansas museums strategically located across the state for maximum impact. It’s purpose is to bring inquiry learning opportunities to the children of Arkansas, especially in rural and under-served areas. On behalf of the Network, the museum operates a mobile science museum and sponsors educational programs and exhibits at the partner museums and other educational venues.
Do you have a passion for museums and the interest they spark in education? The Arkansas Discovery Network does, and you can help support that mission in a variety of ways, from donating your time and talents to supporting us financially. The Network is part of a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution funded through the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations. We’ve brought world-class museum exhibits to all areas of Arkansas through schools and our partner museums. With your support, we can continue to reach schools and museum visitors in every area of Arkansas with high-quality educational programs and exhibits. To donate, click here or contact Kathleen Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Network's member organizations are located strategically throughout Arkansas to extend outreach to all areas. The museums support each other by sharing operational strategies, collaborating with teachers and expanding educational programs. Network members include the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Mid America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, Texarkana Museums System in Texarkana, Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover and Arkansas State University Museum in Jonesboro.